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Summary I have cable internet. Here's how to find out. I need it for my Windows 7 PC. If you want an easy to use speed test to put on your desktop you could do a lot worse. Check for Available Services.

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Internet Speed Test

Next, from the computer, go to speedtest. I recommend running it a few times, and be sure to try out a few different servers when aplicable to connect to. Just make sure they're all actually near your home.

The highest score you receive is what your real internet speed is. Keep in mind however, that your broadband speed fluctuates all the time. This is because the test signal does not travel directly from the test server to your home; there are pit stops it makes along the way.

Depending on where the signal stops, it can be slowed down a little or a lot. On top of that, at any given time a test server might be accessed by multiple users trying to do the same test. This may adversely affect your results as well. Note that the speeds you get from the test are best-case scenario. When you do an actual internet-related task, such as streaming or surfing the web, the performance will also depend on the servers of all parties involved your service provider, the service you're streaming from, etc.

These servers may or may not be capable of delivering your content as fast as your device is capable of receiving it.

To determine the internet speed of a particular device at any given time, just go to speedtest. Was this review helpful? I have cable internet. I opened the program, ran the test, and got 9. Thought that was low so I ran it again and got Over the next couple of minutes ran it several times and got readings of It seems as long as I keep the program open I get higher readings after the first low reading.

But when I close the program and reopen it I get a reading of under 10 mps and subsequent readings range from low teens to low twenties. Small download, few buttons so you can't get lost. Simply does what it needs to. The Ask Expert button goes to a website that isn't working, but that's somewhat expected on a program that's 5 years old.

When unzipped creates a file called InstantHelp which is confusing. You can create a shortcut for the desktop but why isn't one included. As with many of these speed test software 'how accurate are the results'.

This one seems to give conservative results ie a bit on the low side compared to others. If you want an easy to use speed test to put on your desktop you could do a lot worse.

I use it to give me quick results but if it shows slow speeds I then check these with another speed tester. It was fast at giving the calculation. I just didn't know what it meant. There were no recommendations one way or the other, either! Ran scans quickly with no problems. During first boot I was able to select what I wanted to open files with. I set it Firefox and it just opened my results in a tab for me.

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Results 1—10 of 39 1 2 Pros The actual program looks like it might work, but wading through a 'crap hitting the fan' problem to know for sure. Reply to this review Was this review helpful?

Pros Easy to use but that's about it. Cons Totally unreliable and inconsistent. Summary I have cable internet. Pros Small download, few buttons so you can't get lost.

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